Friday, March 5, 2010

Fixing Chairs

A huge way to save money in the home (in my humble opinion) is to fix up and keep using what you already have. This is something that I put into practise not long ago when fixing some of our chairs.

  We had some major issues with these chairs coming apart. The legs we tried glueing together again but they kept coming unglued which was rather dangerous as people were almost ready to crash to the floor.
Also the top part had come off of one of them. It was time for a solution!

 My Dad suggested doing a little wiring along with the gluing. So armed with some carpenter glue AND some florist wire I went to work. (I am sure you wouldn't have to use florist wire but I had that handy.)

This one wasn't too bad and a few crossways wires seem to be doing the job quite nicely. The other one had more issues so I put quite a bit of wire down there. I figure it can do double duty as a musical instrument now. :-) Anyway, they might look a little funny, though it really isn't that noticeable, but I am glad to have them in service again. I also am thankful not to have to spend any money to fix them OR buy any new ones right now!

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mcbailey22 said...

My chairs were worse than that! The back was totally gone from one and two others were reglued, and retaped and they were still dangerous to sit in. (see my blog) I told my dad, I was going shopping for some new ones (tax refund) and he said wait! Go look in the barn....Lo and behold four chairs that almost match my set, a quick paint job and I just saved myself close to four hundred dollars!!!!! (My dad's barn has everything!)

Bella @ Lil Daisies said...

Clever idea! We actually have a few chairs that keep coming "unplugged"!



Erin said...

We had the same problem with some of our older chairs coming apart. Gluing would only work temporarily, so finally my husband reinforced each loose part with screws. No problems since!

Peggy said...

Oh, I have chairs that look exactly like this and I have filled those holes with super glue. Thanks for sharing the tip about the wire!

Abbi said...

I think from the sound of it that this is a pretty common problem! :-)


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